Gary Schneider. Lutz, 2001.
FAMILY OF MAN 1968 to the present
a very private view
I having been by turns an entrepreneur, a gallery owner and an exhibition-maker, since 1990. I have devoted my energies to assembling a collection of works entitled THE CONTEMPORARY FAMILY OF MAN 1968 to the present. In building my collection I was motivated and inspired by the great historical “Family of Man” exhibition curated by Edward Steichen from 1950 – 1955 and which toured the world as an ambassador for visual understanding between peoples.
The present Collection was designed to illustrate the human body in all its varied aspects.
The whole of the human life-cycle from the act of conception ("Sperm" by Gary Schneider), childhood (Margi Gerlinks "Young Lady"), the beauty of the body and sexuality (works by Annie Leibovitz), trough decrepitude (Donnigan Cummings "Nettie-Portraits") and death (Andres Serrano, "The Morgue") and references to the future of the body (Aziz + Cucher, „Transmorphica“) is also covered in this unique Collection like the Video "Thrill Me" about Michael Jackson by Una Szeemann.
The special viewpoint of the collector Lutz Teutloff and his unmistakable interest in social and political concerns illuminates the selection of each individual work. The point is not so much to present views of the human body in and for itself but to show that representations of the body are always determined by the social and political context in which its viewed. In other words the human body cannot be seen in insolation from its social context (war, peace, sport, religion, ...).
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